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MARSUPILAMI goes into production

Montreal, Canada-based Motion International has started production onMARSUPILAMI, a 26 episode, half-hour animated television series based on acomic strip by Belgium artist Andrè Franquin. French producer Marathon isco-producing, and the series will be aired by Tele-Quebec, as well asother, as yet undetermined, international broadcasters. Marsupilami is afunny animal-type character with yellow fur, black spots and many talents.He first appeared in 1952 in SPIROU MAGAZINE, a Belgian comic book. ADisney produced, thirteen episode television series appeared and quicklyvanished on CBS during the 1993-4 season. Earlier this year the Marsupilamirights holder sued and won against Disney, claiming that Disney had notproperly promoted or exploited the series and character.